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Best rangefinder for the money

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Unread 06-15-2013, 11:45 PM
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Best rangefinder for the money

I am looking for the best rangefinder for the money. I will be using it primarily in the field for elk hunting. Currently I am comfortable shooting to 500 yards in the right conditions, but that is now beyond the limit of my current rangefinder (Nikon 440). As I have read other postings it is apparent that sun, rain, etc. can reduce the ranging capability so I am looking for a unit that will consistently deliver accurate readings out to 800 yards or more in the various weather conditions encountered in the field. Budget is definitely a concern, but I will save longer for a high quality product if it delivers the performance. What rangefinders will give me the best performance for the price?

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    Re: Best rangefinder for the money

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    I am looking for the best rangefinder for the money. I will be using it primarily in the field for elk hunting. Currently I am comfortable shooting to 500 yards in the right conditions, but that is now beyond the limit of my current rangefinder (Nikon 440). As I have read other postings it is apparent that sun, rain, etc. can reduce the ranging capability so I am looking for a unit that will consistently deliver accurate readings out to 800 yards or more in the various weather conditions encountered in the field. Budget is definitely a concern, but I will save longer for a high quality product if it delivers the performance. What rangefinders will give me the best performance for the price?

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    The reason 47 people looked at this post before me and didn't respond, is they all know the search function works and this has been covered a multitude of times.
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    Re: Best rangefinder for the money

    The Leica 1600 is a good unit that will get the job done and is practically priced. While it's not just a rangefinder, I think the best value for the money is the G7 Br2. While much higher priced, it covers the cost of a weather station, ballistic calculator, cosine indicator, and rangefinder all in one and will very quickly range and provide precise drops well past 1000 yards. Besides my rifle/scope, it's by far the best money on LR equipment I've spent. IMO.
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    The reason 47 people looked at this post before me and didn't respond, is they all know the search function works and this has been covered a multitude of times.
    And, define "for the money"

    How much of "the money" do you want to spend?
    $200? $400? $1000?
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    JackinSD - Thanks for the response. I am still learning this site so your feedback helps.

    Does anyone know about the Leica Rangemaster 1000? Does it have to be perfect conditions to consistently read 1000 yards or will it consistently read elk at 600-800 yards in less than ideal conditions (i.e. rain, sun - although I don't understand the sun issue).
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    I posted this on another spot but it's worth reading. Good info no matter witch one you buy.

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    JackinSD - Thanks for the response. I am still learning this site so your feedback helps.

    Does anyone know about the Leica Rangemaster 1000? Does it have to be perfect conditions to consistently read 1000 yards or will it consistently read elk at 600-800 yards in less than ideal conditions (i.e. rain, sun - although I don't understand the sun issue).
    The Leica 1000 will do well but it will let you down in some conditions in the range your looking for. Really the Leica 1600 is what your looking for, narrow beam and the ability to range at a decent price for what your getting. If your wanting to range and shoot game in the 800 yard range you really need to be able to range and practice in the 1000-1200 yard range.
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